Canning and freezing season is in full swing at our house. A few weeks ago, we spent the weekend making one batch of canned tomatoes and creating all sorts of peach items: peach and tomato salsa, peach jam, pickled peaches, peach-infused vinegar, peach-infused vodka, and peach bread. Our basement shelves and freezers are becoming nicely full.
This past weekend was dedicated to freezing cauliflower, broccoli, and eggplant and canning two more batches of tomatoes. With a bushel of tomatoes on hand, it was easy to determine one of the ingredients for our Friday night dinner.
Friday’s dinner also had a little inspiration from our daughter, the vegetarian. Almost a year into this lifestyle, we have a number of meat replacement items in our house. One of those is a faux ground hamburger. Personally, I enjoy almost all of the meat replacement products (faux bacon being the exception). This faux burger works well, especially when combined with other ingredients. It has a texture similar to hamburger, and while missing a strong meaty flavor, it adapts nicely to the other flavors in the dish. Plus, this faux burger has one-third the calories and less than a third of the fat in 95% lean hamburger.
Our kids had social plans for Friday night, so dinner was just my husband and me. Both of us (even my slightly more carniverous husband) found the stuffed tomatoes to be delicious.
- 3 tomatoes, halved & pulp removed
- 2/3 cup faux hamburger
- 1/3 cup feta
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- salt & pepper
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Place tomatoes, cut side up, on a baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, combine burger, feta, and garlic.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Spoon filling into tomatoes.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes.